March 10, 2011 Letters to the Editor:
For the sake of a job we are willing to eat baloney.
Yes, the United States has created great wealth as a nation. Exploiting its own resources and doubling its proportional share of the entire planet, the U.S. dominates the world economy. But before we pat ourselves on the back, we need to recognize that the great U.S. wealth is not shared by the U.S. population. This enormous wealth is owned and operated, lock stock and barrel, by less than 2% of the nation. It is an insidious colossal myth that the prosperity of U.S. wealth is shared by all it citizens. Imagine U.S. wealth as a stack of ten chips on a card table. The wealthy grab nine of the ten chips and say they need these to create jobs. Then they tell the rest of the public to feel proud that they have a job and should be thankful that they can share the one remaining chip of wealth among themselves. To make things worse, the wealthy 2% use their wealth to create a business climate where the other 98% must claw their way to get a share of the measly last chip and then try not to feel bad about the tough break inflicted on their less successful neighbors. The wealthy 2% use their money to delude the public into believing that wealth make jobs when it is workers who make wealth. No company can exist without workers. No company can make a profit without workers. No company can succeed without workers. Workers create products and profits; more than three quarters of the Gross National Product each and every year. The best idea in business is worthless without workers to make it, sell it and buy it. For the sake of a job we are willing to eat baloney. Richard M. Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA